PFLP terrorist recruited by Hezbollah tried to enter Israel with Belgian citizenship
Cleared for Publication: Security forces arrested Mustafa Khaled Awad, a 36-year-old Muslim terrorist from a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon with Belgian citizenship, the Shin Bet announced on Wednesday.
Mustafa Awad was arrested by the Shin Bet at the Allenby crossing on July 19, 2018, when he tried to enter Israel.
The joint interrogation of the Shin Bet security service and the International Criminal Investigation Unit in Lahab 433 revealed that Mustafa was recruited into the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group and operated there since 2010.
It was also revealed that Mustafa was a member of a cell of PFLP terrorists living and working in Europe, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, as well as terrorists in Judea and Samaria.
As part of his Jihadist activities, Mustafa was trained by Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2015.
The investigation also revealed that Mustafa helped transfer terrorist funds from the PFLP terrorist organization in Syria and Lebanon to Muslim terrorists in Europe.
The Central District Attorney’s Office is expected to file an indictment against Mustafa in the coming days for terrorist offenses.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for dozens of terror attacks against Israelis in Israel and around the world.
“The material that emerges from the investigation indicates the proximity of the Palestinian terrorist organizations to the Shi’ite axis in general and to Hezbollah in particular, including the allocation of Hezbollah’s resources and facilities for the training and training of Palestinian terrorist operatives trained in Lebanon and sent forward in order to promote terrorism,” the Shin Bet stated.
“The investigation illustrates the threat posed by terrorist organizations that recruit terrorists with foreign documentation to enter Israel. The Shin Bet will continue to act with determination to thwart the threat posed by the terrorist organizations operating abroad against the State of Israel.”